AUSTELL, Ga. -- The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta said it's working to improve safety after one of its staff members was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child.
Eric Pope is accused of attacking a 14-year-old girl at the facility on Six Flags Drive in Austell back in June.
The arrest warrant shows the teen is accusing Pope of groping, touching, and hurting her while performing unwanted sexual acts.
The girl also claims in the warrant that she was forced into a room and pinned against the wall.
According to a statement from the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Pope was a part-time staff member and has been terminated.
“We are deeply concerned and alarmed by this matter, and are cooperating fully with law enforcement in the investigation,” the statement read.
The organization said it is working on ways to improve safety at its facilities, including additional training and renovations to its buildings.
Phil Barnett who volunteers and helps at the Boys and Girls Club in Austell said he has been pushing the organization for months to add security cameras inside and out.
"In this day and age everybody needs to have a concern, we know what's going on but you get lackadaisical but it's your kids," said Phil Barnett, concerned volunteer.
Pope is charged with aggravated sexual battery, false imprisonment and aggravated child molestation.
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